Here, friend, are some catchers that I will be targeting at my 2016 fantasy drafts after the top options are gone.  I’m not going to get into the strategy of punting catchers.  Been there, half-drunkenly wrote that years ago.  Click on the player’s name where applicable to read more and see their 2016 projections.  This is a (legal-in-most-countries) supplement to the top 20 catchers of 2016 fantasy baseball.  Now, guys and four girl readers, I am not saying avoid catchers like Matt Wieters if they fall, but to get on this list, you need to be drafted later than 200 overall.  And, to preemptively answer at least seven comments, yes, I will go around the entire infield, outfield and pitchers to target very late.  Anyway, here’s some catchers to target for 2016 fantasy baseball:

Yan Gomes (Yahoo 217, ESPN 357) Wasn’t that long ago Gomes was one of the best offensive catchers in the game and he’s not that old.  On draft day, just remember Guron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie and Superior, that’s GOMES!  Grey, you should be in Cirque du Soleil, because you’re good at acrostics!

Devin Mesoraco (Yahoo 204) See what I said for Gomes.  Substitute Mesoraco in for Michigan?  No, RIV, that wasn’t what I wanted you to look at.  Look at the other part.  Mesoraco in for Guron?  No, Random Italicized Voice, Mesoraco is also only one year removed from a huge year and he too is not that old.  That’s Erie!  Ugh, forget it.

J.T. Realmuto (Yahoo 330, ESPN 253) This is funny (not funny).  I went looking for guys that were being drafted after the top 200 at Yahoo and ESPN, but then I was like, “I’m not going to factor this in, but let me look to see where smarter players are drafting guys at NFBC.”  At NFBC, Realmuto is being drafted 166 overall.  I told you that it was funny (not funny).  So, people do like Realmuto more than Yahoo, ESPN (or even me, for that matter).  Since I punt catchers, Realmuto is interesting, but not 166 overall interesting.  If he’s drafted after 200 overall?  Yeah, I’d buy that for a dollar!  Literally, I’d pay one dollar for him.  I wasn’t using some old school parlance of ‘I’d buy that for a dollar.’  On a related note, we’re not doing NFBC this year, but we are doing money leagues.  You can compete against me, Rudy, Sky (he’s alive!), Tehol, Jay, Big Magoo and others.  It’s $88 vs. the $150 of last year.  It’s 12 teams vs. 15 teams.  It’s no waivers, and it’s a slow draft.  Of course, there’s still the free RCL leagues.

Robinson Chirinos  (ESPN 570, Yahoo unranked)  ESPN 570 is also the radio station where they say Chirinos is a great steal late in fantasy drafts, while using ESPN’s fantasy rankings to say he’s a steal.  You see how that works?  Yeah, neither do I.  Chirinos hit 10 homers last year in only 78 games and this year he’s the everyday catcher.  Mr. Prorater says Chirinos is going to be huge!  Of course, that’s not Mr. Pro Rater, who actually knows what he’s doing with rating players, but instead the guy whose mail he gets that does very simple math.

Blake Swihart (Yahoo 273, ESPN 459)  Half of me thinks Swihart is going to hit 9 homers, steal 5 bases and have a great average like a poor man’s Lucroy.  Other half of me thinks that’s some super boring shizz.  By the by, a poor man’s Lucroy would be simply Po’boy.

Hank Conger  (Unranked by both) I’ve been crazy for Conger two years in a row now.  Last year, he had 11 homers in only 73 games.  Member how excited you were for Chirinos about 78 words ago (plus or minus a dangling participle)?  Chirinos had 10 homers in 78 games; Conger had eleven in 73!  If I say that with another two exclamation marks, would it excite you more?  Right now, Curt Casali is in the depth charts in front of Conger, but what’s so great about him?

Curt Casali (Unranked by both) Had 10 homers in only 38 games!!!  (See, I learned punctuation from my Conger blurb.)

 
  1. Mickey Maloney says:
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    Signed-up for the Razzball slow draft today! Been playing fantasy for about 10 years and have never done a two catcher league before. It’ll be interesting to see how early I grab that first catcher. Normally, I don’t quite punt. More of a pooch punt.

      • Mickey Maloney says:
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        @Grey: Good luck, man!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You too!

    • Swfcdan says:
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      @Mickey Maloney: Their frustrating at times but also great to keep you going through the agony of waiting that is spring training.

  2. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    What’s up? Seriously a catcher question on March 8!!

    In my über shallow H2H 10-team points re-draft league, the following catchers are available.

    a. Mesoraco
    b. Realmuto
    c. Chirinos
    d. Swihart
    e. Molina
    f. Grandal
    g. Wieters
    h. Hundley

    I could go on…Am looking at Realmuto as a potentially good catcher with 10/10 possibilities.

    Would you replace any of them for my current catcher Welington Castillo? Castillo’s been cursed with hitting 2 HRs (already!!) in ST and we all know that guys who play well in ST play poorly in the regular season, right?

    Cheers,
    Ante

  3. Kid A says:
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    CATCHERS!!!

    “On Belay!”

    “Climbing!”

    “Ante looks at the Help Wanted ads”

    ***Everyone Dies***

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Kid A: Wonder what the help wanted ads are like in Angola *wavy lines* Pushing a wheelbarrow behind horse *wavy lines* Cool!

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    I can’t believe how low other people are on Swihart. He’s a young kid thrown into the fire who looked a lot better in the second half. Glad you have him on this list!

    I have another salary cap keeper question as our contracts are due soon. It’s a $260 total cap. Keep or cut:

    Lucas Giolito $7 in 2016. Then $5 per year plus $7 annually. So 3 years would be $22 and 4 years $27 for the years 2017+

    I’m torn because he could contribute this year. Leaning towards keeping him. Thoughts? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wild Thing: Agreed… Meh, if you’re going to keep him you have to keep him for longer than a year, and he’s not going to be much of deal for those years

  5. Yescheese says:
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    I know it’s spring training and everyone is in the best shape of their lives…and I know he’s a catcher and thus only marginally better than his peers…

    But don’t sleep on the LASIK Wilson Ramos.

    Speaking of though … Ramos … You even injured your eyes. Talk about injury prone. This is like Jeff Suppan going on the DL for using a hotel towel as a pillow…

  6. peacecoast says:
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    grey you are the best

    even in your article about which catchers to target you shit on most of them

    cuz they suck

  7. B. Francis says:
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    Must be listening to your podcast too much Grey. I heard your laugh in my head as I read the Swihart blurb.

    Quick question:
    14 team, 50 player 5×5 dynasty keeper. Not worried about ETA. Rank J. Naylor, C. Randolph, G. Whitley, Basabe, and L. Fox if you could. I can’t decide!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @B. Francis: Sorry about that, it’s haunting… I’d ask Ralph on those guys

    • James says:
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      @B. Francis:

      Abosulte ceiling would take Randolf or Whitley. Both have the ability to be top 10 players if everything clicks but not likely). Naylor is tough since he has D issues but could be a beast, like most I would wait until he is doing something in the upper minors before Ijumped on him over the other guys.

      So I would rank: Whitley, Randolf, Naylor, Forx, Basebe (I know very little about basebe)

  8. joe says:
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    Gerrit Cole update from the local media. he will participate in catch tomorrow. from there they are hoping he will throw a BP session from a mound 5 or 6 days later. This would bring us to about 3/14 or 3/15 with opening day 20 days later. If all goes well, they will ramp up from there.

    This could be a tricky situation for him to be ready opening day. Even if he isn’t ready opening day, there’s a chance he may only pitch in 1 or 2 spring training outings. Not something I would go crazy over yet, but if there are setbacks he could miss April.

    • joe says:
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      @joe: welp, the local morning show just corrected their statement. He will throw a BP session from a mound on Wednesday and then potential start a spring game in 5 to 6 days. So the time table is more favorable than the erroneous report earlier.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @joe: He’s playing catch, how sweet… He’ll be fine

  9. Jake from State Farm says:
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    Would you trade away your fantasy dreamboat Taijuan Walker, Gausman and Carrasco for Kershaw, Boxberger and Archie Bradley in a keep forever? I have no faith at all in Bradley and The Rays will probably trade Boxberger for a four piece but do I have to pull the trigger for Big Sexxy?

      • Jake from State Farm says:
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        @Grey: thank you for the Internet kick in the butt guys.I’ll hit accept. Gonna cry a little but getting the best sp in the world is a nice concession for loosing my walker. Do you think Bradley has life left or should I try and trade him right away?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Trade away if you can get anything

          • Jake from State Farm says:
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            @Grey: my thoughts too. Thanks again

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  10. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Dynasty league looking for owners, email me here, if interested:

    [email protected]

    • The Harrow says:
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      @Malicious Phenoms: the whole thing smacks of too (little) effort.

  11. Ruben says:
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    Thanks Grey!! Mesoraco was raking in 2014 – I’m sort of shocked I’m gonna get him so cheap.

    Whats your take on the TOR closer situation?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ruben: Storen has lead, prolly 70/30 Storen closes

  12. G says:
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    Hey Grey. How would you rank the following options for my keeper. Thanks

    Jd Martinez (9th round)
    Noah synd (11th)
    Chris Davis (6th)
    Altuve (4th)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @G: JD, Altuve, Davis

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @G: Davis, Martinez, Altuve, Noah

  13. Lt says:
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    Grey,
    Not trying to jump ahead to the 3rd base sleeper article but I keep drafting Villar late late in drafts. He’s a dominant sagnof with some upside playing everyday no? I know they have a SS in waiting behind him but worth a pick after 240 every time no?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lt: Yeah, I like Villar for cheap SAGNOF

    • The Harrow says:
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      @Lt: you can get him a lot later than that in yahoo.

  14. I am the Walrus says:
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    12 man Yahoo keeper. If my first 4 picks are (including keepers) – Goldy, Harper, Upton, Cole (also keeping Odor in later rounds).. the next is two back to back picks at 60 and 61. Assuming their are no huge players that drop, would you go P and position player or two more position players? Players likely available are ….. Polonco, Freeman, Puig, Ells. Pitchers are Lester, Hamel, Cueto, Ross. I’m thinking either Polanco and Freeman or Polanco and Lester/Hamel?

  15. Scott says:
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    Lake Guron is very geautiful this time of year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scott: It’s borgeous!

  16. OaktownSteve says:
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    In any league where you can stream or platoon C a la RCL, keep an eye on Phegley. .471 career slugging vs LHP. Vogt says he locks on to left handers as well as anybody he’s ever seen. Overstatement of course.

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Holy guacamole I’m 1.1! Says draft doesn’t start for an hour. I think I’m going Royce Harper. I really buy in to my own goofy idea that Dusty is going to have him running.

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @OaktownSteve:

          Hey we’re book ends!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            It’s like we’re doing the Eiffel Tower, and everyone else is this girl we picked up at a college bar

            • OaktownSteve says:
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              @Grey:

              NIce

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You’re going Bryce over Trout? Wow, hard to mess up the first pick, but there ya go

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            Yeah not the safe pick for sure. Alls I’m saying here is Harper drove in more runs, scored more runs, hit more homers and had a batting average 31 points higher. And I think Harper will steal more bases than Trout. Since I’m all in for the big money in the NFBC and magoo is running the show, I’m treating this as league to take all my pet theory guys. Hello Strasmas!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Merry Strasmas! You better draft Stras before me, because I like him too… Can we trade picks? I don’t mind the Harper pick, was just joking… I would go Trout though, feels slightly safer and more durable

              • OaktownSteve says:
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                @Grey:

                Agree I *should* take Trout but where’s the fun in that.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Kinda like going to a restaurant that makes everything wonderful and you order a special instead of something you’ve had and enjoyed there before… How wrong can you go?

                  • OaktownSteve says:
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                    @Grey:

                    Plus Harper is my boy’s favorite guy. He’s rockin the Harper jersey these days. Talk about great parenting.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      As long as he doesn’t have the rooster haircut… Who do you think I’m getting with my 1st two picks?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Every year I forget what a time suck slow drafts are…I think I can forget it when it’s not my turn but I sit there for eight hours waiting to draft again

                    • OaktownSteve says:
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                      @OaktownSteve: I think you should go Betts Marte

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I’m hoping for one of Marte/Betts/Altuve/Correa/Bryant

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      BTW, are Scout’s rankings goofy? Billy Burns is a top 25 pick?

                    • OaktownSteve says:
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                      @OaktownSteve:

                      …and we’re off like a herd of turtles

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I really hope we can get through at least 4 rounds today (no chance of that prolly)

                    • OaktownSteve says:
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                      @OaktownSteve:

                      Be real surprised if Correa makes it.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, I doubt it too, but a boy can dream… Maybe since their pre-rankings are so screwy it might make things more interesting

                    • OaktownSteve says:
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                      @OaktownSteve:

                      I wonder if everybody knows the draft has started? Shouldn’t take but a few seconds to pick Trout or Goldy there.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Nah, no one way they know… Scout hasn’t figured out how to email everyone in the league to tell them it started

                • Wile Coyote says:
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                  @OaktownSteve: I, for one, am extremely grateful that you took Harper. Thanks for passing the “pinnacle of the ultimate human” to me. Looking forward to a fun year.

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: damn, you guys are already starting. I just finished rudys post

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yup

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: yuppers

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yupcha

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: would an inside joke no comment term be “Arrogant Butcher Burgers” ?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      When you left a spot in your lineup open, you ABB’d that spot

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      ” Grey, I could of sworn I had my batty call in my line-up today. Damn to all hell!”

                      Looks like you got ABB’d…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      So close to ABBA’d, which is sequined

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      Is that a confusing way to tell someone to go put on their dress…sally!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      You see Capozzi the last day?

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      Nah, Nick had some family thing come up. I ended going to the casino that night for funzies. Nothing like the local indian casino to make you feel good about yourself

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Win anything?

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      I was way up, stopped to eat then left down. I should of left after dinner. Stupid casino fried chicken,which BTW, was pretty good for the price.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Gotta be better than ABB

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      I didnt have to wait 45 minutes for an over cooked meal and watch rudy and magoo almost resort to lemon wedges being that was the only guaranteed food item they had

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      If you only knew they’d split the check 4 ways…

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      I got my tax return deposited when we were in AZ, I would of paid for the whole meal if it didn’t suck

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, that’s hard to say after the fact

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      I live hindsight…I mean love

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Hindsight is love for butt men

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      Assman!

    • Vegans says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Yeah, I used him a number of times in DFS

  17. Wild Thing says:
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    Should I trade an expensive Javier Baez $21 for 3 years and a cheap Kevin Gausman $1 this year for Melacon $12 or basically anything I can get to rid myself of the Baez contract? Of course he will get traded as soon as I trade him…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  18. JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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    Muah

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You!

  19. Warren says:
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    Keeper deadline is Thursday. Pick one

    $5 Syndergaard
    $16 Arrieta

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Warren: Thor

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Noah

    • Ra'zbahl Al Ghul says:
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      @Warren: Gaard

      • Warren says:
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        @Ra’zbahl Al Ghul: Thanks all! I guess I will settle for the long flowing locks of Thor, and miss out on Jake’s manly beard.

        • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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          @Warren: Beards are played out anyway

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Warren: the man makes the beard not the beard makes the man.

          • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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            @J-FOH: I only meant in baseball…that beautiful flowing beard of yours could never be played out.

            • J-FOH says:
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              @JeF WiTh 1 F: In my case the beard makes the man (sad emoji)

  20. joe says:
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    Wellington Castillo isn’t on this list is he going to high?
    My last 2 keepers
    wong at 10, Rendon at 10 or Iglesias at 3 or the beef at 2

    Pick 2

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      This list isn’t every catcher after 200, just some I chose to highlight… Raisel, Rendon

  21. Jake says:
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    Please tell me that it was me that turned you on to my boy Curt Caseli with my comment few weeks ago after one of your catcher articles. Championships are one thing but this would really make me feel relevant in the fantasy world. He is THE REALest DEAL (not named Holyfield) and I’ll tell you why…It will cost you NOTHING to get him. It’s your perfect, pay nothing to get him potentially high reward pick. I owed him and Franklin Guiterrez at the end of last yr and all the both of them did was go out and hit yacks day after day sooo late in the year that almost nobody took any notice. But seriously now that you’re on to Caseli check out F Guiterrez OF SEA and tell me hat you think & then look specifically at his 2nd half and tell me what you think. oh and by the way ou’re articles are crazy which I hated at first but now I must say that I thoroughly enjoy as a break from all the other mundane articles. so, Thanks

  22. Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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    Everytime I see the name Curt Casali I get the Talking Heads’ Psycho Killer stuck in my head, thanks to the lyric: “Qu’est-ce que c’est”.

    No idea why, thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Awesome! Great call, will likely steal that this year if he does something

      • Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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        @Grey: Have at it. I was feeling’ the Bern today in MI.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          My dad said if Trump or Hillary are elected he’s moving to New Zealand…I’m rooting for Trump! Kidding, pops!

          • Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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            @Grey: New Zealand is pretty rad – I spent a bunch of time there in 2000-2001. I’m assuming that Paplebon is a Trump supporter.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Papelbon has a bumper sticker “Stump for Trump”…. BTW, I still haven’t seen one Trump for president bumper sticker, but I’m dying to

  23. EA says:
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    GREY. What are your thoughts on this team? 12 team H2H. I’m kinda feelin it. A little young but whatevs. I won the league the last 2 years with the same age range.

    C – Mesoraco
    1b – Rizzo
    2b – Odor
    3b – Franco
    ss – Correa
    2b/ss – C. Seager
    1b/3b – Rendon
    OF – Upton
    OF – Polanco
    OF – DeShields
    OF – Ozuna
    Util – Sano
    P – Syndergaard
    P – T. Ross
    P – Wacha
    P – Matz
    P- Darvish
    P – T. Walker
    P – Rodon
    RP – Storen
    RP – Casilla
    RP – Axford
    BN – Schoop
    BN – Pederson
    BN – Buxton

    There might be a little too much risk on this team but I like it. Anyone else can feel free to give your opinion, too. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, a little young, but young wins championships… I like the team, pitching is a little upsidey/health-risky…Don’t love Wacha

      • EA says:
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        @Grey: Truthfully, the Wacha pick was more because he burned me a few times last year and i vowed not to let that happen again. But I agree. The darvish, walker, rodon picks could either make me a champion or put me in last place.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not last place, but it’s risky

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @EA: I like the players as well but agreed you have risk all over the place and may want to trade some of it for more of a sure thing in some spots where you can.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @EA: who’s going to replace darvish while he’s on the DL. And personally I would handcuff Casilla with romo to ensure you got that pen locked down. Axford is a crapshoot

      • EA says:
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        @J-FOH: Believe me, i’m not happy about Axford. But every year, saves are easy to pick up in FA. I’ve got 7 starters counting Yu which is more than enough in my league. I’d be okay rolling with 6 until he’s back. If he has a great first couple starts, i could get something good for him.

        Btw. I forgot to mention this was a mock. However, it is how i’m planning for my team to look for the most part.

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          @EA: Sad trombone.

  24. ReleasetheMcKracken says:
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    12 team H2H pts, we start 4OF and 8 Pitcher, -1 for batter Ks. I have the 8th pick in our snake draft. My keepers are Harper, Machado, Correa, Betts. Need to pick one more from Marte, Schwarber, JD Martinez, Archer, Salazar. Keep going offense or lock up a starter?

  25. OaktownSteve says:
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    This could get ugly. How did you know the draft started?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I have the stupid window open, I just emailed Scout’s people and told them to email the league when a draft starts and email owners when it’s their turn…Doubt it happens

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Oh damn, they don’t notify you when it’s your turn? Bit of an oversight!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Are you in our league too?

          • Cram It says:
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            @Grey: No, still on the fence about joining one.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You join now and you can tackle Rudy

              • Cram It says:
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                @Grey: Damn you, pusherman. How the hell do I know when it starts if there are no notifications?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I’m trying to get to the bottom of it, b/c they are telling me email notifications do go out…

                  • Cram It says:
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                    @Grey: I logged out then logged back in and can’t figure out where the league is on the site. haha

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Yeah…that’s a swing and a miss. And yes their rankings are bizonkers.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I thought maybe I had it loaded wrong… Dr. Roto put Billy Burns in the top 21?!

  26. OaktownSteve says:
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    Odor scratched with oblique. Hopefully it’s not acute.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eff me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hey, were you pinged over email when it was your turn to draft?

      • John Gregg says:
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        @Grey:

        I’ve been getting emails after every pick. I like slow drafts so that I’m not rushed, but yeah….it’s a time suck lol.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Okay, cool…Maybe I didn’t get emails since I was put in the league rather than officially sign up for it

          • John Gregg says:
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            @Grey:

            Also to answer the previous poster, I believe that all drafts are scheduled for 12 PM Est if I saw correctly, so I don’t think any other leagues are going to be drafting tonight. But at least everyone will know when to be ready.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              True, that’s when they start and they stop during late night hours

  27. Det. John Kimble says:
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    Grey,

    Giancarlo’s knee is already scaring me. I’ve owned him the last three years. I’ve found myself thinking about not keeping him.

    I can keep Giancarlo at $32 (in a $260 auction league that counts hits and walks taken)

    OR

    Xander Bogaerts at $7

    Wanna talk me off the ledge?

    Thanks again,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m concerned too, hoping it’s nothing, but I’d still go Giancarlo for right now

    • EA says:
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      @Det. John Kimble: You only get 1 keeper? Xander for 7 is a s-s-s-steal

  28. MicrowaveArson says:
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    No love for Nick Hundley?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Might’ve been drafted before 200

  29. Jake from State Farm says:
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    Any word on how Profar is doing this Spring? I was just offerd him for my Pedroia in a keep forever. If one of his legs works seems worth it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Worth a flyer as long as you don’t need Profar to start in April on the Rangers

  30. Endershadow says:
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    12 team dynasty, should I send manaea for wade Davis? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  31. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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    Going to dominate my all Catcher league this year. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Vivian Maier was incredible and I want to buy one of her dead animal photos

      • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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        Yes! Glad you liked it. Seriously, dead animal or a complete stranger. They were all amazing.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I wish we could get a pic of her force feeding the child!

          BTW, I looked up prices on her prints and they’re like $5,000

          • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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            Haha, I did the same exact thing. Watched it, immediately looked them up, sobbed gently to myself, questioned my entire life path.

            Maybe I can afford a stack of her papers with headlines about unicorns and sunshine.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I told Cougs afterwards, “I’m saving every rape victim headline from this day forward!”

              • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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                Hahaha, I can’t stop laughing at that. I’m crying…..at work.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Vivian would take a photo of you

                  • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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                    Then hold me down and feed me turkey and bologna sandwiches.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I want to do that to you

                    • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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                      Force feeding me catcher articles.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      *sniffles* I didn’t want to know about Realmuto.

  32. IndyGuy says:
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    Always enjoy the “…To Target” articles. Well, I enjoy all of the Razzball articles. Using Grey’s rankings, was able to get Chirinos with my 29th pick (#579) in a 20 team Yahoo league. Read Villar comments above – was able to draft him in 28th round (#542.)

    My off topic question to Razzball nation: I’m expanding my 10 team Yahoo H2H keeper league to 12 teams. What should I offer the two new teams who obviously won’t have keepers? I’m thinking first draft picks or allowing them to choose keepers from rosters of existing teams who were not kept by their managers. Any good ideas on how to keep our playing field fair?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice! Everyone should choose their keepers, then leftovers can be chosen by expansion teams

      • IndyGuy says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! btw – Had to look up Vivian Maier. I’m a photographer, but forgot who she was. I learn so much here.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s such a good documentary, check it out

  33. Teddy Heater says:
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    Just signed up for Scout and my 3rd RCL filled up. Woo Hoo! My first RCL draft is Thursday night (I needed to get one early one in)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      About time you started drafting!

      • Teddy Heater says:
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        @Grey: HA! I’ve been drafting, just not for RCL. Luckily the only guy I have across the board that went down is Capps.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I have Capps and Jhonny in an NL-Only league with no waivers

          • Teddy Heater says:
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            @Grey: We just started the Scouts draft, Rudy had to get them to switch one of teams accidental auto draft picks! This Scouts thing is much different than ESPN or Yahoo. They’re missing a ton guys on their rankings. I’ll keep that till myself until the drafts over, but email me and I’ll send you the list.

  34. OaktownSteve says:
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    I haven’t gotten any email from scout about draft starting or picks being made.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hmm… Other guy in our league said he did, bit weird

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        checked my spam and junk too. nuttin

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I just emailed them saying people aren’t receiving notification emails, they said people should’ve been, they’re looking into it

          • Cram It says:
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            @Grey: I got an email that it started and a pick was made. Game on!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nice!

  35. Smell The Glove says:
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    Which SP would you keep, Strasburg or Cole? Both would cost me the same.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cole

  36. Regan says:
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    Surprised Grandal wasn’t on the list. He was killing it last year in the first half before the torn labrum. Stats understandably took a nosedive after that but i think you got to give him a pass for that. You loved him last year right? Maybe you got him confused with that Grendel guy from Beowulf. His OPS in May was 1.139, June .874 July .954. I think he will be especially valuable in OBP leagues. First half stat line in 213AB was 35/14/36. Slash line 282/401/526. Gimme some of that sweet action!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t mind him, I didn’t list everyone I like, I did that in the rankings

  37. Fungazi says:
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    I don’t even bother drafting catchers anymore. Just use the N/A slot to create an open position and pick up whoever.

    • knucks says:
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      @Fungazi: Sincerely apologize for blowing yesterday’s win for you in the guess who game. This must be what cishek feels like every morning after a night on the hill.

      • Fungazi says:
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        @knucks: Thanks a lot Knucks.. I never won any internet points before and don’t know if I ever will now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hear ya, Fungazi

  38. OaktownSteve says:
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    Another pick on the board. Whoa now let’s slow this baby down.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, this shizz drives me nuts

  39. Swfcdan says:
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    Just grabbed Jennings late in a deeper slow draft as a cheap speed option. Any chance he can at least go 10/30 this year with a respectable avg?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, maybe 20% chance

  40. Swfcdan says:
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    Is Giles definately the guy to start the year in Hous? I know he should be, but managers aren’t always sane. Late in a deep draft I’m doing and looking at potential saves hawks and see Gregerson on the board, wondering if he’s worth a punt.

    • Swfcdan says:
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      @Swfcdan: Or Jeffress, or Strop. Which is a better gamble.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d say about 98% chance of that

  41. stoopid says:
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    10 team 5×5 (OBP) 7 keepers.

    Looking at either Hosmer or Nelly Cruz as my last keeper. Roster 13 hitters (5 OF, 2 UT, CI, MI). Rest of my keepers are below:

    Abreu, Posey, Upton, Cain, Scherzer, Kershaw.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hosmer

  42. Drexel Hill Dragons says:
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    In a new Dynasty snake draft I’m looking for the best upside pitcher as an SP3.

    Please rank: Luis Severino, Raisel Iglesias, Tyson Ross, Yordano Ventura

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Raisel, Yordano

  43. dk says:
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    Signed up for a league on Scout and I’m the only team in the league (I think, it’s kind of hard to figure that site out – it’s a mess). Did the first leagues fill up already?

    When I go in the draft room, you can’t even see all of the players in the list.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, you’re the first in the new league… Sky might be in your league (or Magoo)

      • dk says:
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        @Grey: Cool, should give me time to prep!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice

  44. Cram It says:
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    Is there a clock on your slow draft? Mine always says Clock Stopped next to who’s up.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I have a clock in DraftBoard area

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @Cram It: Yup mine is stopped always also.

      Hopefully there won’t be a Marquis De slow this year and it won’t really matter.

      • Cram It says:
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        @The Great Knoche: Ha. That guy. And hopefully people know the draft has started!

      • Cram It says:
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        @The Great Knoche: Clock just started. That guy got an extra hour!

  45. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Just got a tasty keeper league offer:

    My Darvish ($14) and Rodon ($3) for his M. Franco ($8) + R. Iglesias ($4)!

    GOTTA take that immediately, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like it for you

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Thanks – all of the other good 3B are locked up indefinitely at cheap prices, so very pumped about that. Sad to see Rodon go, but Igelsias is nothing to laugh at either.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Exactly

  46. The Great Knoche says:
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    Rudy took Kershaw with Pick 5 in scout.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @The Great Knoche:

      Grey pauses mid-sentence. “I sense a great disturbance in the force,” he whispers.

    • Cram It says:
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      @The Great Knoche: I was just about to chime in with that.

      Dude, where’s like our roster slots? I hate this dashboard.

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @Cram It: Under Rosters Tab…Fills in kind of Wonky.

        • Cram It says:
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          @The Great Knoche: Yeah, it doesn’t say how many slots or what positions a guy is eligible at. It reads like you just need one guy at every position.

    • i would’ve taken Stanton 3 days ago….first time for everything (i don’t think i’ve taken a first round pitcher since peak Johan)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rudy so crazy!

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @OaktownSteve:

      My hysterical screaming worked.

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @OaktownSteve: PLus we get 2-3 weeks of discussing our drafts, and all the great picks we made rather than just one blurp with a team listed.

          • The Great Knoche says:
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            @Cram It: I was just hoping to have a shot at either Rizzo/Arenado/Machado. Figured only one would be there, with the anti-pitching sentiment. And then I had to choose between Rizzo/Arenado. It was so hard!

            • Cram It says:
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              @The Great Knoche: I hear ya. The mid-round slots are the toughest.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Nicely done!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I really hope I draft today

        • Cram It says:
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          @Grey: Haha. What slot are you in?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            11th

            • The Great Knoche says:
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              @Grey: We’re on Pick 12. Flying!

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                I just got my pick, at 11

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Ha! Yeah they can be frusterating, but I love em. When its always the same guy holding stuff up it can be downright annoying.

    • Cram It says:
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      @OaktownSteve: I love it. Feels like every moment of the day you’re in a draft. Well, you are, just not drafting, but it’s very engaging, constantly.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        But I’m so anxious to draft and it moves so slowly it drives me crazy, like the good crazy

        • Cram It says:
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          @Grey: I know it. Like I’m probably not picking for another 6 years but I keep checking it. It’s the good crazy, doing what we love.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I have the window open on my desktop and it just haunts me all day

            • Cram It says:
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              @Grey: I’m taking the time to figure out where our roster slots are. When you look at your team on the right it shows one slot for every position. ‘Sup wit dat?

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                yeah, that’s not confusing at all… Rosters button is same way… I kinda like “DraftBoard” the best… Just shows everything

                • Cram It says:
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                  @Grey: Ah, that’s….a little better. Gotta be on a pc though. The mobile version is a a catastrophe.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Yeah, Rudy was trying to draft this weekend on his phone, didn’t work, I don’t think

                    • Cram It says:
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                      @Grey: Oof. Awesome.

  47. OaktownSteve says:
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    Spring training nugget:

    “Lowell Hutchinson of St. Joseph, Mo., a retired beekeeper, came out of the stands and assisted with the bees.”

    IS THERE A BEE KEEPER IN THE HOUSE????

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      *everyone turns to the guy in the beekeeper outfit*

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        *Nearby, retired hornet keeper relives lifetime of inferiority complex*

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          *butterfly catcher smiles, ‘Those guys.’*

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            A classic

  48. ChefBoyRG54 says:
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    how close are we to having a blank at the C position be a better play than actually rostering someone>?

    • Cram It says:
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      @ChefBoyRG54: You so silly.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No point in taking a blank

  49. Q says:
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    H2H points league. Batter BBs are good, batter Ks are equally bad, and steals are basically irrelevant . Start 3 OF and 5 SPs.

    Choose just 1 to keep please:

    Pence $5
    Grichuk $3
    Corbin $3
    Gausman $1
    Yelich $10
    Dickerson $8

    Much obliged

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ugh, not easy… I’d likely go Yelich

      • Q says:
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        @Grey:
        Have to sign him to a contract. $10 for 1 year, $15 for 2, $20 for 3, etc. How long do we think he will hold his value?

        Dickerson would also be a contract. Everyone else is controllable for this year at price listed and would have to decide on contracts next year.

        Does that change your mind? If not, how long for Yelich?

        Thanks dude. Been agonizing over this spot for weeks. So hard to decide…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          1 year for Yelich…It’s not clear cut

  50. Tom says:
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    My league allows for two keepers from last year’s roster and I’m trying to decide between Maikel Franco, Corey Seager & Francisco Lindor. I’m leaning Franco and Seager, but I’d love to get your thoughts on this, which two would you keep?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seager, Franco

      • Tom says:
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        @Grey: Thank you sir!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  51. OaktownSteve says:
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    you are on the clock, Slackjaw.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh my god, what do I do?! I have to take a 4-hour nap

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Well, that was an agonizing first pick

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        I think you made the right call. These spring things so often are just nuthin more than teams being cautious

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Totally, I remember so many times in the past a guy is out for a few days, everyone panics and then he’s fine in a week and everyone wishes they had him again… It sucks to have in the slightest question mark with your first pick though… I have a ton to pick from in the 2nd round though

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Just emailed the guy who’s up.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice, his green light would lead me to believe he’s close

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            BOOM

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nice, I kinda just want t own Betts somewhere, and figured what the hay

              • OaktownSteve says:
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                @Grey:

                You gotta be stoked. Two mancrushers.

                Now the question is do I take Stras at 25 overall?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I could, if you don’t… Yeah, I’m very stoked, may as well go super sexy hump-hump on this draft…. Safer play likely would’ve been Abreu…

                  • OaktownSteve says:
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                    @Grey:

                    Actually I feel like Betts is pretty safe. And a better pairing with Stanton. A bunch of the speed power guys will be off the board by the time it comes back to you.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, I don’t like Pollock, and wouldn’t want Gordon, so felt like Betts/Giancarlo was a solid pairing… And who knows if I get a chance at Betts in another league

                  • The Great Knoche says:
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                    @Grey: Ended up with a Rizzo/Springer Combo to start. I’ll take that.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I’d take it too… I took Giancarlo and Betts… Kinda sexy yum-yum

  52. henncoop says:
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    I have an early trade offer in a 12 team 5X5 Roto Dynasty league.
    He would like my SP Martinez & either OF Santana or Pillar for his Pineda & Shark
    (My other SPs are Cole, Archer, Thor, Kazmir, Smyly, & Giolito)
    My original offer was Martinez for Rodon ,which he shot down but now that seems a bit of a wash IMO

    Accept either offer? Which?

    Thanks for your opinion …best pert out there for easily the best price

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Pineda side…Thanks!

  53. henncoop says:
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    Give up which OF …Pillar or D Santana?
    My team seems to have plenty of speed so I assume Santana has more power potential.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Domingo

  54. Lerry Jee says:
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    I am stuck!

    One last keeper spot. Do I keep a Coors-less Dickerson at a cost of Round 17 or sexy sleeper David Perlata at a cost of Round 20?

    6×6 OBP League. Helllllp!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dickerson

  55. Lerry Jee says:
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    Done! As always, you’re the best.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem

  56. Cohen says:
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    Grey, 12 team roto i got the number 2 pick with Goldy,then took Betts and JD mart,took Jfer in 4th rd,all top tier 3b were gone early,does it makes sense to take Pujols as a c/i if hes there or go for next best 3b?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Who is the best 3B

      • Cohen says:
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        @Grey: Franco who i think i can get later

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Pujols

      • Cohen says:
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        @Grey: thank u,your the man!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  57. OaktownSteve says:
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    You know you’re in a room full of Razzers when you go 25 picks and only one is a pitcher.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @OaktownSteve:

      Went with nicknames: Joey Bats and Chuck Nasty

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @OaktownSteve:

        Make that Nazty…more gangsta

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yeah, solid picks… I would’ve went with them there too

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @Grey:

          If a couple of pitchers had come off the board I would have considered Strasburg.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yeah, it’s kinda crazy how few SPs have been taken

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            It’s weird drafting such a strong team compared to deeper leagues

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I know, right

  58. OaktownSteve says:
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    Rudy is crushing it.

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Live Radio Draft somewhere?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Always does!

  59. dickerson's jock...strap says:
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    grey please pick

    trout/mookie/marte

    rizzo/bryant/springer

  60. Pat says:
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    I’m looking for 1 player for our league drafting next Saturday. I tried to post this under Pod’s ‘Join League’ post but it no longer allows comments for some reason.

    Scoring – Roto
    Non-Keeper
    League Size – 12
    Player Universe – Mixed
    Auction
    Online draft, but a few of us will be doing it together in San Diego. You don’t need to be present just online
    Draft Date – Saturday (March 12) 6:30 pm pacific
    Daily Lineup Changes
    Extra Categories – Hits, OPS for hitters and losses and QS for pitchers
    Entry Fee Required: $50
    Contact: [email protected]

    It’s a league that’s been 6 years going. Good guys.

  61. Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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    for NL only (draft tomorrow) i’m trying really hard to figure out both how much superfluous H and altherr lose valuewise (easier) and how much asche larry/goeddel and gyorko/a.diaz/g.garcia gain (harder)

  62. Derek Nicholas says:
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    Grey,
    Would love to be in the money league. After signing up,when I try to check out I am told “sorry we don’t ship to the United States”. I thought I was having an Anastasiadate.com relapse. Suggestions? Been reading you guys for bout 4 years now,you’re my huckleberries. Thanks much!

  63. mike says:
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    Hey Grey, I know you think Sano is overrated this season, but I can keep him as a 13th rounder. One caveat though is this league counts K’s for hitters. Should I still keep him over guys like Dickerson(4th), Seager(5th), Wong (9th), Pineda(16th) and Lirano(19th)?

    Other Keeper are Trout, Rizzo, Kershaw, Carlos Martinez.

  64. JJ says:
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    Grandal or Gomes?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      See my rankings

      • JJ says:
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        @Grey:
        fair enough

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